Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijnintroduced in-store herb gardens in 2017, to combat waste and give customers the freshest possible produce. The initiative was developed in collaboration with design agency studiomfd. The herbs are grown to maturity off-site, before being transported to stores.

Customers can then cut as many sprigs of the herbs as they need, without buying pre-packaged sprigs. It's a simple and effective way to cut down on plastic packaging. Projects like this are examples of simple sustainable innovations with far-reaching positive implications. You could also try to grow your own herbs at home.